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Four Ways Wild Birds Contaminate Buildings

Wild birds and architecture just don’t mix.

Perhaps our feathered friends are simply tired of the same old trees year after year and imagine there’s less risk of losing eggs and offspring if they choose to rest, nest, and roost in our commercial and residential buildings. No matter what the reason, one thing is for sure—they don’t belong there!

By allowing birds to set up shop in your shop, businesses can put occupants at risk for various health issues, especially if you’re in the food business. In order to keep birds from invading your personal and professional space, it’s important to recognize how they can invade your building and what you can do about it.

  1. Air Conditioning Units
    Though they typically cannot enter your building through the air conditioner itself, if birds nest on the unit, they can still have a terrible impact. Parasites and particles from their droppings, nesting material and food can cause serious damage to people and property alike.
    Hazards: Unit malfunction, personal health issues (bird fancier’s lung, tuberculosis, allergens, etc.), and parasites (which can eat cloth and cause health problems in people and pets)
    Solution: Electronic bird repellents
  2. Air Ventilation Ducts
    There may be an exhaust fan attached to your ventilation ducts, but that won’t stop certain birds from making themselves at home. Some may be small enough to find their way past the fans and inside the ducts, but they may not always be sharp enough to find their way out.
    Hazards: Stench and decay of dead birds, loose birds in the building, chemically damaging bird droppings, personal health issues, and parasites
    Solutions: Bird netting, electronic bird repellents
  3. Chimneys
    When you’re not using it, these neighborhood pests may choose to utilize this unused space. One day when you least expect it, you just may come face-to-face with a fowl intruder.
    Hazards: Loose birds in the building, bird droppings (which, when dried out by heat, can turn into a toxic particulate), personal health issues, and parasites
    Solutions: Bird spikes, bird gels and taste aversions
  4. Gutters And Drains
    Wild birds also make themselves comfortable in drains and gutters, which can cause water backup during storms and, in turn, water damage both inside and outside the building.
    Hazards: Indoor and outdoor water damage and surface corrosion from bird droppings (gutters, vehicles, etc.)
    Solutions: Electronic bird repellents, bird gels and taste aversions

Birds pose a significant threat to the well-being of your building and its inhabitants, so it’s important to address these issues as soon as possible and perform the necessary measures to prevent these unwanted neighbors from overstaying their welcome.

M. Quinn is an associate of Bird-X.

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